Means may not honor subpoena

THIS IS AN INTERESTING ARTICLE REGARDING THE JUDGE WHO RULED ALL OF THE TESTIMONY IN THE LINDA EDWARDS CASE AS “HEARSAY”.

The Sentinel-Record   8-30-1977

Little Rock (AP) – Judge Henry B. Means of Malvern showed up Monday at the meeting of the committee which is investigating him, but would not say whether he planned to testify Tuesday.

Means came a day early – the committee subpoena in his pocket directed him to appear Tuesday to testify, but he said he came Monday as “an observer at a public meeting.”

The judge came without his lawyer, Ted Boswell of Bryant, who was involved in an unrelated court hearing elsewhere.

Means said he and Boswell would decide later whether the judge would appear as a witness Tuesday, as directed by the subpoena.

Boswell has contended that the committee does not have the legal authority to engage in the investigation under the procedures it is using.

“Nice day today, isn’t it,” Means smilingly replied when newsmen asked if he would testify. With the judge were his wife, Mary, and his court clerk, Pat Lightfoot.

The committee received very little new information of significance. One item showed that Means had known and followed proper procedures for regaining jurisdiction of cases formerly assigned to other judges.

The probe is being conducted by the Committee of Legislative Affairs in line with a resolution adopted by the committee months ago at the request of Rep. William Clark of Sheridan.

The aim of the investigation is to determine whether there is good cause for the committee to recommend to the legislature that Means be removed from office.

The legislature could accept or reject such a recommendation. If the legislature approved the recommendation, the procedures the committee is following call for it to go to Gov. David Pryor for action.

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